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Flooding rains possible in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota through Wednesday

Up to six inches of rain could fall in some areas.

Grab an umbrella, rain boots and maybe even an ark before you head out the door Monday morning, you're going to need it in southern Minnesota. 

Waves of heavy rain are likely to drench the southern half of the state, including the Twin Cities, over the next 72 hours. Monday will start out drizzly before heavy rain and thunderstorms track into the area Monday afternoon and evening, with more bouts of heavy rain to follow Tuesday and Wednesday. 

How much rain is expected? According to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, a solid 2-3 inches of rain by Wednesday is possible, with 3-4 inches in far south-central Minnesota – south of Mankato – and western Wisconsin. 

These new totals are down a bit from what was forecast on Sunday, when the NWS Twin Cities was thinking 4-6 inches in the metro area was likely. High-end totals in the 4-6 inch range are still possible, especially where the heaviest bands of rain set up along the front that will drape itself on a southwest-to-northeast line in southern Minnesota. 

"Widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with a swath of 5 to 6 inches possible from south central and east central Minnesota to west central Wisconsin," according to the flood watch description.  

Temperatures on the northwest side of the front will remain cool, in the 40s and low 50s, while temps to the southeast of the front could approach 60 degrees. 

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We dry out Thursday but stay cool and cloudy through the weekend before a possible warmup with more sunshine next week. 

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